'Abd al-Mu'min

Pages: 208
Subject: Religion, History, Biography
Series: Makers of the Muslim World
Imprint: Oneworld Academic

'Abd al-Mu'min

Mahdism and Caliphate in the Islamic West

Maribel Fierro

9781851684281 (4 Nov 2021)
RRP £25.00 / US$30.00

The Book

‘Abd al-Mu'min (1094-1163) did not establish the first caliphate in the Islamic West, but his Almohad empire encompassed more territory than any that had preceded it. After defeating the Almoravids and conquering their capital Marrakesh, he united for the first time the whole of North Africa west of Egypt, and eventually took in the southern part of the Iberian peninsula.

In this volume, Maribel Fierro explores how ‘Abd al-Mu'min and the Almohads shaped the history of the western Mediterranean. From al-Mu'min's encounter with Almohad founder Ibn Tumart to his administration of empire, his violent repression of opposition, and the flourishing of scholarship and thought during his reign, she reveals an intelligent ruler and a skilled military commander who sought to build a lasting caliphate across disparate and diverse societies.

Additional Information

Subject Religion, History, Biography
Series Makers of the Muslim World
Pages 208
Imprint Oneworld Academic


About the Author

Maribel Fierro is Research Professor at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas in Madrid. Her work focuses on the intellectual history of the Islamic West, particularly with respect to law, religion, historiography and political thought. She is the author of ‘Abd al-Rahman III: The First Cordoban Caliph, which is also published by Oneworld.

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